Sunday, February 16, 2020

Nimble Thimbles

Hello !!!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Nimble Thimble Guild in Greenville, SC.  

On Saturday, we had a class, and we talked about how to make small wholecloth quilts using pieces of embroidered bed, bath, or table linens as the top layer of the quilt.

Each member of the class brought some linens - one lady brought her hanky from her First Communion !   

After some discussions about Design Basics, including symmetry/asymmetry, Sunshine and Shadow,  we learned about double batting techniques, and the ladies began to design their pieces.  
By lunchtime, the small  quilts were marked and pinned, and ready to be quilted.  





On Monday night, I returned for a Guild Meeting and a trunk show of my own linen pieces.  My favorite part of the night was that the ladies from the class brought their pieces for Show and Tell, and one was even finished !!






Hooray, Nimble Thimblers - it was so great meeting you !


And, before I sign off, I will share a little kid-sized quilt I just finished that is made from blocks donated by quilters in my online quilt group - it's amazing how well some of these fit together, and I like this cheerful one !



Kathleen

Friday, February 7, 2020

Mysteries and More

One of the best things about having a longarm is that the stack of tops is very slowly getting smaller.  In that stack are several larger quilts that I was just putting off quilting.

This one is finished !!!




I can't remember when I made this top - or who ran the mystery or designed the top !

I apologize, as I do try to credit the designer...  but it's been a while.  I remember it was an online Mystery - beyond that...  it's just a muddle.


I have to say 'thank you' to this top, because I used it as a longarm practice piece - I am working on learning rulers - so this quilt got lots of ditch-work.  Practice, practice.

And now, after a trip through the washing machine, it will go to a charity group that gives quilts to foster kids...  I think a teen boy or girl  would like this quilt.  It seems strong to me.

Now - let's go see what else is in that stack of unquilted tops !!

Kathleen





Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Sound of the Snow

SHHHH - be very quiet, and hear the snow - covering everything with a gentle, soft blanket.








Bit says she is staying under the blanket until this nonsense is over.  She is a California girl, after all !





Kathleen



Saturday, January 18, 2020

Hooray for this Finish !!!!




After seeing this photo on the internet, I wanted to make just the center section, so I got some graph paper and started coloring - it was really fun... It was 2011.  



I chose some 5/8 inch hexies, and started sewing...……..  scroll down to see it grow and grow.












and now it is 2020, and it is finished............ Gee, that did not take long at all !!!!

Kathleen



Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday Morning

Resolutions?   Did you make resolutions?

I made only a few.  One was to breathe new life into this blog...  1) by posting more regularly;  and 2) by encouraging some new visitors and readers...……..  So, here we go.

I have become a CRUMB BLOCK FACTORY.

You know, you sew tiny leftover bits together, then cut out a block, then use it in a quilt.  easy-peasy.
but - - NOT QUICK...

This week several quilts from my massive inventory of crumb blocks came rolling out the end of the assembly line that is my quilty life.  I just love these little beauties, made from scraps and bits...…...

 I really find crumb blocks too busy unless they are surrounded by solids, so I sometimes border them with a 1 1/2 inch border, and then sash them, as in this BLUE CRUMBS.




DITTO IN RED CRUMBS !




Now, let's add some sparkle !!!  Cornerstones and little stars make these pop !


And - crumbs made into "Square in a Square", in tropical colors !


So fun to use up these bits - and these will soon be on their way to an organization that is gathering quilts for kids in the foster care system.  

I should hasten to say I have a lot of help.  Surprisingly, my DH likes to IRON !!!!  Woot, woot !

So, I sew up long chains of scraps or crumbs in progress, and he irons them and piles them up, and then i sew those together, and off we go til it's a 6.5 inch block.

But, don't fear, I try not to work him too hard......... because he has other duties, too, like serving as a Kitty Bed !!!!  


Well, it's a new day, and a new week - wonder if there are any tiny bits of fabric around ???

Stay warm and safe,

Kathleen

















Saturday, January 4, 2020

2019 SUMMARY

I'm a little bit LATE !

(been traveling to see family)\\

So - Here Goes !

2020 was GREAT...

We MOVED to North Carolina, and bought a house in the mountains...  We love it here, my DH fishes in this fabulous pond, and the whole lower level of the house is for QUILTING and GUESTS - sometimes they are QUILTING GUESTS !!!!

Yesterday we saw a Great Blue Heron fly all the way down the pond - it was so spectacular !

I used up a LOT of thread this year ….  more than any year since I started taking a New Year's Day photo of the year's empty spools....  Now my empty spool drawer is empty - better get busy !



I sent some of my fancy linen quilts to shows, and got a beautiful Judges Choice ribbon for this one, which you have seen before... but here's a closeup - it's called Sunday Pearls.


I completed my term as a University Dean, and resumed faculty status as a professor.  This year I am on leave and am enjoying having time to adjust and prepare for a new role beginning next year.

It was a great year -  and I plan for the next one to be even better !

Happy New Year to you and all the special people in your life.

Kathleen




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